Rent The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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1h 28min
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A spaceship lands in Washington, D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the peaceful alien emissary (Michael Rennie) it brings fails to earn the public's trust. When a young woman and her son befriend him, they soon realise they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction.
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Julian Blaustein
Edmund H. North, Harry Bates
Journey to the World
20th Century Fox
Classics, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Run Time:
88 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0, German Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German Hard of Hearing, Italian, Spanish
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Feature Length Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Movietone News Segment
  • Restoration Comparison
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Run Time:
92 minutes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
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  • Commentary by Director Robert Wise and Nicholas Meyer (Director, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan)
  • Commentary by Film and Music Historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg and Nick Redman
  • Isolated Score Track
  • Interactive Theremin: Create Your Own Score
  • Gort Command! Interactive Game
  • The World of the Theremin
  • The Mysterious, Melodious Theremin
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still Main Title Live Performance by Peter Pringle
  • The Making of The Day The Earth Stood Still
  • Decoding "Klaatu Barada Nikto": Science Fiction as a Metaphor
  • A Brief History of Flying Saucers
  • The Astounding Harry Bates
  • Edmund North: The Man Who Made The Earth Stand Still
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) Trailer
  • "Race to Oblivion": A Short Film Written and Produced by Edmund North
  • Teaser Trailer (1951)
  • Theatrical Trailer (1951)
  • Fox Movietonews from 1951 - Featuring the Film's Premiere
  • "Farewell to the Master": A Reading by Jamieson K. Price of the Original Harry Bates Short Story
  • Photo Galleries

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Reviews (3) of The Day the Earth Stood Still

A Cinematic Sci-Fi Classic - The Day the Earth Stood Still review by JE

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And i for one think there shouldn't be any doubt about that.

It's a film with a big message that still resonates today, to look beyond division and set aside these differences to work for the common good. Some of the effects were a little suspect however, like the wires in one scene near the end which were horribly obvious, but aside from that the original 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' has stood the test of time to remain one of the great films leaning more towards the Science Fiction Genre.

I personally have no desire to see the remake released in 2008.

Excellent quality on Blu-ray too i might add.

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a classic; the film that helped forge our modern idea of science fiction. a must see. - The Day the Earth Stood Still review by tm

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not to be confused with the dreadful remake. this is a sharply observed and well executed masterpiece by Robert Wise (who also did the sand pebbles, the curse of the cat people, west side story and many other greats.)

Michael Rennie is excellent as the detached and somewhat bemused alien, Patricia Neal captures the complexity of a strong and sensitive woman torn between trusting her own judgement and following the mood of those around her. The supporting cast ar solid in depicting th evolatility of the public mood, fickle, paranoid, excitable, irrational and easily led.

the plot is simple and direct and explores mankind's propensity for violence and indifference to the world 8that nurtures him. many of the motifs anticipate so many later concerns with the environment, democracy and the abuse of the truth by the media and governments.

A must watch IF you like science fiction.

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Classic sci-fi. - The Day the Earth Stood Still review by Steve Mason

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Timeless sci-fi classic that established the approach of grounding its fantastical premise in an ultra-realistic environment which gives the story credibility. The alien encounter is observed against the familiar monuments of Washington DC, as well as ordinary suburban streets.

Michael Rennie is Klaatu, a mysterious, humanoid space-traveller (in a silver suit) who parks his flying saucer outside the White House and informs humanity that in an age of potential nuclear conflict that it presents a threat to the rest of the universe and must pull back from the precipice. Or else. It's a film with a message. The tall, angular Rennie is wonderful casting as the Christ-like visitor, an alien who presents an intellectual otherness that didn't need hours in makeup..

Bernard Herrmann's futuristic score, featuring theremin, is atmospheric and eerie, and would prove to be influential. The visual effects are superb. Robert Wise presents the leaders of the world as suspicious, territorial, insecure and narrow-minded. When Klaatu goes among the ordinary people, he finds they are the same!

Rennie as Klaatu has become a fabled figure in science fiction and his instructions to Patricia Neal, Klaatu barada nikto, have lived on in other books and films. Curiously the solution of the other civilisations of the universe to the threat of nuclear war is basically Mutually Assured Destruction, which is where mankind was heading anyway!

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